STEM jobs are experiencing 5x faster growth than other types of roles, yet by high school, only 36% boys and 11% girls are interested in STEM. Hear a panel of educators discuss how they address the challenges of engaging and retaining girls in STEM activities.
Neveen Mourad is the Senior Manager of Community Programs at littleBits. She holds a Master's Degree in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and started her career as a middle school teacher in New York City. She is excited to now be at littleBits, and is inspired by the company's mission to make youth active inventors, instead of passive consumers, of technology.
Lesa Wang has been teaching art and design in the independent schools for the past 21 years. She is known for “bringing the outside in” to her classroom and currently directs K-5 STEAM at the Marymount School New York.
Christiane Agkpo is the Executive Director of the Montclair Learning Center (STEM After School and Summer Camp programs). She is an electrical engineer, earned her MBA, and has experience in the education, telecom and banking industries.
Christopher Kunkel is the STEM Coordinator and middle school math teacher for Hoboken Charter School. Chris studied studied both math and physics as an undergrad and has a masters in educational administration. Besides teaching math, as STEM Coordinator, Chris facilitates many technology clubs including HCS's FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams and Girls Who Code.
Grace Conlin has attended the Hoboken Charter School for nine years, but her love for STEM has gone on much longer than that. Grace is in the Girls Who Code program at her school, lead by the STEM coordinator, Christopher Kunkel. She has participated in many STEM oriented competitions and enjoys being in these competitions, and hopes to encourage more young women to be in the world of STEM.